Grow your connections on LinkedIn your way
Building connections on LinkedIn can feel daunting. Especieally when you first join and there’s a tsuanami of connection requests.
Do you feel like this?
Ergh. Another connection request from someone I don’t know. I’ve been told to grow my network, but I don’t know who this person is.
Do I connect? Do I block? Do I ignore?
Oh God. I met that guy once. Total creep. I’ll probably see him at the next industry event too. Damn it!
He knows I’ve seen the invite. I have to accept now.
Cool! I’ve just reconnected with Dave from accounts from my first job. How cool. I wonder what he’s been up to.
So going to connect.
How on earth am I going to work out who to connect with on LinkedIn?
On one hand, I’m trying to grow my network so I should say yes to everyone right?
And on the other hand. I don’t want to be connected to all these people I don’t know.
What do I do?
My advice is to MAKE YOUR OWN RULES. Do what feels right for you.
Do exactly what you’d do in real life. If you’re a networking pro at events, approach LinkedIn the same way.
If the thought of a networking event brings you out in hives, don’t connect with everyone you know.
Hate being sold to in real life? Learn how to spot a salesman online too.
Create your own value system for connecting
But what if I get it wrong? What If I Connect with the wrong people on LinkedIn?
We’ve all done it. Connected with someone only to get spammed with a sales pitch the second we click connect. Or eye roll at the continual Me Me Me posts.
Don’t sweat it, simply remove them as a connection or block their content from your feed. Too easy.
They’ll never know.
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